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Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass services offer tremendous value for money.

For about the cost of a single cinema ticket, Xbox Game Pass currently gives you access to over 200 Xbox One compatible games for a whole month. And any games that are Play Anywhere titles can be played on PC, too.

A handful of titles are added and removed on a monthly basis, ensuring that there’s always something new for you to play. And Microsoft published games such as Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4 are now added to the service on day one. Suffice to say, if you’ve got an Xbox One, you’d be wise to consider subscribing.

But with so many games on offer, just which ones should you play first? Hopefully we can help you with that. Collectively we’ve played most of the games that are included in the Xbox Game Pass, and while there are hardly any duds on the service, here are the ones which we think the most highly of. These are the best games on Xbox Game Pass.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Ori and the Will of the Wisps is game that’s hard to not love. It made me want to scream and shout a few times – a certain chase scene that was truly demanding and a final area that relies heavily on trial and error included – but for every moment that frustrated me, there were ten that amazed me. The platforming is crisp, combat is engaging, and the world just begs to be explored. Mix in drop-dead gorgeous visuals, a score to die for and a story that will break your heart, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will make you glad to be alive.”

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Chris said:
Pikuniku’s puzzles are pleasingly varied and amusingly bizarre. One moment you’ll be squeezing through holes, tripping switches in the correct order; another you’ll be shoving a giant green worm around in an effort to return him to his mother. All are solvable with a little effort, though the real reward is seeing the sheer relief on the faces of the inhabitants who, thanks to your help, are one step closer to freedom.”

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Yakuza 0

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Richard said:Yakuza 0 is an absolute blast, and a lengthy one at that. Completing the story alone will take around 30 hours, but those who play the game as intended, engaging in activities on the side to boost their cash and lighten the serious mood will find themselves playing for maybe double or even triple that time. It’s in all the extra content that Yakuza 0 becomes particularly endearing too, constantly surprising with its off-the-wall humour and refreshing boldness.”

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Two Point Hospital

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Kim said:Two Point Hospital on console is simply a delight. Anyone who has fond memories of playing Theme Hospital will find themselves right at home here. Packed with challenge, wonderful humour and a flawless control scheme, it’s very hard to find fault with anything Two Point Hospital has to offer.”

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Kingdom Hearts III

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Kim said: “Despite its downfalls – its repetitive gameplay loop, its dense narrative and its lack of worthwhile adventuring – there’s something that makes Kingdom Hearts 3 difficult to resist. It’s probably the impossibly high levels of polish that leave me aching for more; there’s no denying that this is one of the most beautiful games of this generation. And even though its combat-heavy gameplay isn’t quite enough in isolation, set against the rich backdrop that each of Kingdom Hearts 3‘s worlds provides, it will still somehow manage to draw me back in for a long time.”

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